Food Supplements

Food Supplements are intended to supplement the diet and should not be substituted for a varied diet or healthy lifestyle. They support health and well being. They comply with Food Law, which is based on a different legal basis compared to pharmaceutical medicines. consult2deliver can advise on food supplement compliance for UK market.

Food Supplements can list health claims on labels and in advertising where a relationship has been proven between consumption of a food and health.

Medilink

Member since 2008

Since 2013, consult2deliver limited have collaborated with Medilink East Midlands, to deliver regular networking groups focussed on food supplements.

consult2deliver can help advise on compliance of claims, labelling and suitability of food supplements for the UK market.

Consult2deliver limited can provide advice and guidance on suitability of food supplements developed outside of Europe for sale in UK, assessing USA based formulations for sale in UK. consult2deliver limited have worked with independent suppliers to achieve listings at major UK retailers.

Legislation

Food supplement compliance for UK market is achieved through consideration of the following.

Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation (No 1924/2006 (NHCR))

In Europe claims for food/food supplements are covered by the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation. This came into effect from July 2007. The aim of this legislation was to create a harmonised list of permitted nutrition and health claims that can be used by manufacturers across Europe, to protect the consumer from false practice. The European Food Safety Agency (EFSA) based in Parma, Italy; are responsible for the assessment and management of the Nutrition and Health Claims Regulation.

Food Information to Consumers Regulation (No 1169/2011 (FIC))

This regulation brings together EU rules on general food labelling and nutrition labelling into one piece of legislation, this applies to Food Supplements. Most importantly information about allergens, font size. The majority of the requirements of the legislation applied to pre-packed foods from 13 December 2014 with mandatory nutrition declarations for most pre-packed foods applying from 13 December 2016.

Botanical ‘On hold’ Claims

Botanicals and derived preparations made from plants, algae, fungi or lichens are widely available on the EU market in the form of food supplements eg ginkgo, garlic and ginseng. These are labelled as natural foods and a variety of claims are made regarding possible health benefits. Approximately 1500 botanicals claims remain on hold (since 2012), whilst EFSA and Europe determine how to resolve assessment of these nutrients. Until a process  (and a transition period) for botanicals has been agreed, companies are free to sell and make robust health claims for supplements with these ingredients. Opportunity exists to create new innovative products based on botanicals with substantial claims. Many of these products have a long history of use in Europe. Botanical food supplements must comply with the general requirements set out in the Regulation of food law.